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Hyperthyroidism

  • Overactive Thyroid



  • Definition

    A condition caused by excessive secretion of the thyroid glands, which increases the basal metabolic rate, causing an increased demand for food to support this metabolic activity.


    Causes

    This condition is not as common as an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). A malfunctioning thyroid can be the underlying cause of many recurring illnesses. Or it may be hereditary.


    Symptoms

    Exophthalmic goiter, fine tremor of the extended fingers and tongue, increased nervousness, weight loss, altered bowel activity, heat intolerance, insomnia, fatigue, weakness, hair loss, separation of the nails, excessive sweating, increased heart rate, and sometimes protuding eyeballs. This condition is sometimes called thryotoxicosis or Grave's disease.

    The body's processes, including digestion speed up with this disorder. Malabsorption occurs, so a proper diet is important. The pituitary gland, parathyroid glands, and sex glands all work together and are influenced by thyroid function. If there is a problem in one place, they all may be affected.


    Treatment

    Treatment is surgical removal of the thyroid gland following proper medical preparation. Medical treatment is by use of antithyroid drugs.


    Nutrients

    Multivitamin and mineral complex, taken as directed on the label (increased vitamins and minerals are needed in this "hyper" metabolic condition. Vitamin B complex with extra riboflavin (B2) and thiamine (B1) and B6 (pyridoxine), taken as directed on the label. Brewer's yeast, 1/3 tbsp. per day, is rich in many basic nutrients, especially the B vitamins. Essential fatty acids, taken as directed on the label, is needed for correct glandular function. Lecithin, taken as directed on the label, aids in digestion of fats and protects the lining of all cells and organs. Vitamin C, 3,000-5,000 mg. per day, is especially important since this is a stressful condition. Vitamin E, 400 IU per day (do not exceed this dosage, excessive amounts of vitamin E may stimulate the thyroid gland, however, a small amount is needed).


    Herbs

  • TB
    • Bayberry bark
    • Blue flag
    • Bugleweed
    • Clover, red
    • Cohosh, black
    • Kelp
    • Oak, white, bark
    • Skullcap
    • Watercress


    Recommendations

    Eat plenty of these foods: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, peaches, pears, rutabagas, soybeans, spinach, and turnips. These help to suppress thyroid hormone production. Avoid dairy products for at least 3 months. Also avoid stimulants, coffee, tea, nicotine, and soft drinks.


    Suggestions

    If you haven't already done so, see the doctor as soon as possible.

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